When ALOYSIANS Met ALOYSIANS at the SACAA REUNION 2023 Bash

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When ALOYSIANS Met ALOYSIANS at St Aloysius College Alumni Association (SACAA) REUNION 2023 Bash

Mangaluru: A Vibrant, Zestful, Ebullient, Lively, High-Spirited ‘St Aloysius College Alumni Association (SACAA) Reunion Bash Was held in Gusto & Full of Life on 12 January 2023 at the St Aloysius College High School Grounds, Mangaluru. 12 January every year is a date that no alumnus of St Aloysius Institution wants to miss because it’s the date of St Aloysius College Alumni Association (SACAA) Reunion Bash, which is held without fail unless there is an earthquake/cyclone/floods- or unexpected Pandemic that ruined the fun years ago. For years SACAA Reunion has been hosted without skipping any year, and this year was no exception. High school or college seems like just yesterday. That is until you’re browsing through your Internet or Whatsapp an invitation for SACAA Reunion. It’s shocking, the realization that much time has passed since we were hopeful professionals, entrepreneurs, scientists, doctors, engineers etc. These were the people who were involved in the important school/college years of your life. Aside from all of the activities and fun at school/college, everyone has a place in the memories you made there.

Where the heck did the time even go? It doesn’t matter if you were the class clown, a bookworm, or the most popular person in your institution. When you all head back to a SACAA Reunion, it’s almost like you’re introducing yourself, because, with time, you have changed. Yes, it is all so surreal. While you may not need help remembering the good old days, you have to make sure the right words characterize the extreme feel you’re going to get standing next to your high school or college buddies, all grown up, some in their golden ripe age, some in their still young middle age, and some still very young? Anyways, looking back at your pics is going to be a time capsule for that moment — the day you thought would take forever to come when you graduated.

To the Alumni and well-wishers of the 143-year-old St Aloysius College, Mangaluru, it was ‘all roads leading to St Aloysius College’ on 12 January 2023, the Aloysian Alumni Reunion Day. Over 500 Alumni along with their family members and friends assembled at the High School grounds to meet the Jesuit Fathers, teachers, classmates and friends to relive glimpses of their School and College days as students and enjoy some fun-packed moments. The Convenor Michael D’Souza of the ‘Reunion’  event welcomed the dignitaries present and the audience. Sunil Kunder SACAA President gave an introduction to the programme and announced the names of donors who were felicitated by Rev Dr Praveen Martis, Principal of St Aloysius College.

The Rector of St Aloysius Institutions, Fr Melwin Pinto Sj and the Principal Rev Dr Praveen Martis Sj felicitated Prof. Edmund Frank, who was SACAA President 2008-2010 and for representing SACAA as a Governing Council Member of the Federation of Jesuit Alumni Associations of India, for being chosen as the Editor of JAAI Newsletter ‘Voice of JAAI’, for representing SACAA at the 5 day World Union of Jesuit Alumni Congress in USA and for being conferred with the Eminent Aloysian Alumni Award 2022.

Prof EDMUND J FRANK

On the occasion, Dr Richard Gonsalves SACAA who was President from 2014-2016 was also felicitated for being elected President of JAAI South Zone; for being the past Vice President of the Federation of JAAI, for successfully organizing the 16th JAAI South Zone Congress at St Aloysius College and for being the recipient of the National Level innovative Teachers’ Award instituted by All India Association for Christian Higher Education. Dr Aarti Shanbhag Treasurer, SACAA read the citation and conducted the felicitation ceremony.

Dr RICHARD GONSALVES

The Aloysian Reunion 2023 was significant and historic for the launch of these FOUR projects: 1) The Rector Fr Melwin Pinto SJ, unveiled a plaque and inaugurated the Miyawaki Forest Project sponsored by the Tenth Standard batch-mates of the year 1986. 2) Inauguration of the Electronic Kiosk’ by the Rector Fr Melwin Pinto SJ and Principal Rev. Dr Praveen Martis SJ in which all the major events in the College including the pages of the past College Magazines can be accessed and reviewed, 3) Benjamin D’Souza Sports Academy inaugurated and launched by the Rector and 4) The ‘Coffee Table Book’ on St Aloysius Institutions released by the Rector.

The Rector Rev Fr Melwin Pinto Sj presiding over the programme briefly explained the significance of the Projects that were launched on the occasion. Expressing his gratitude for the great support given by the alumni and well-wishers to the institution he thanked them and solicited their support in the future as well. Anil Kumar, Secretary of SACAA proposed the vote of thanks The stage formal programme was followed by a session full of fun and games. Now it was all set for Revelry time, where the vivacious, ebullient, lively, full of life, high-spirited, scintillating, vibrant, zestful, energetic, dynamic, and whatnot- the “one and only” star attraction of the evening Compere Monoj Fernandes, a faculty at St Aloysius College kept the crowd alive and in a revelry mood through his witty punchlines and professional compering.

A live band of College students named Rhythm Mates consisting of Lewin, Metric, Alina, Wayne, Wilson, Wilton and Deon was in session and performed excellently, with their Bollywood, Western, Konkani, and ending their session with non-stop Baila, which brought the revellers on the dance floor to shake their hips and body. Audiences were swayed to the melodious songs from a few alumni. There were a bunch of games, and winners took home awesome prizes, like a trip to Paris. They wish! According to the organizers, they had worked tirelessly for the last couple of months to reach out to as many past SAC students as to attend the function, and they were lucky to get hold of a large number of alumni who showed up for the event.

SACAA Reunion was a time to cherish the moments and fun that the Alumnus had when they were students of this prestigious institution. It was a nostalgic journey down memory lane for these classmates/students of SAC who came together for the Reunion Bash. The memoirs of yesteryears were once again rejuvenated as they all shared their memories of those olden, youthful, cheerful days full of happiness and joy. To enliven the atmosphere there was not only live music but also a floor dance and lots of friendship cum fellowship, together with a sumptuous spread of food that added spice to the occasion.

Like it is always said that “Once an Aloysian, Always an Aloysian!”- and so it was, for all these Aloysians in pride meeting together and cherishing their good old days at the SAC, and rejoicing on their achievements that their Alma mater was responsible. And 12 January Every Year, the old “boys” of St Aloysius College- Mangaluru join in for the great fun, and the crowd was predominately mixed, with young and old, gents and females, boys and girls, who were joined by a bevvy of Jesuit priests in their best attire in formal slacks and shirts- but everyone had a jolly good time.

And for that matter, being an old student of St Aloysius High School/College during the 1980s, I had the immense pleasure of meeting many of the staff and students during that time. Some of my classmates and seniors have already turned grey, some have gone bald, some have lost teeth, some have become rich and some are trying to become rich, some are still hanging around in Mangaluru involved in various professions, some entrepreneurs- while some minting money abroad, but come down during Christmas holidays. It was indeed fun to meet all of them, thereby interacting and sharing our news and views over a glass of our favourite drink!

As the sumptuous buffet spread was opened, the baila beat reverberated through the venue and those who could not resist dancing, both young and old, had a gala time. To sum it up the SACAA Reunion 2023 will go unparalleled in history, while the snapshots incorporated along with the report here speak for themselves. Many exclaimed, “Oh what an awesome reunion it was!” I will keep 12 January 2024 marked on my calendar to be free that day and attend the next Reunion bash for sure!

Happiness is being with an old college mate after a long time and feeling like nothing has changed. It’s the oldest story in the world. One day you’re twenty-one and planning for someday, and then quietly and without you ever really noticing, someday is today, and that someday is yesterday. And this is your life. Sometimes you have to accept the fact that certain things will never go back to how they used to be. Sometimes, even when you are having a good time, you can’t help but stop and think about how much you miss the old times. We had a good time while we were young, but it is like Time to fly. We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clear ourselves. In the end, you always go back to the people that were there in the beginning.

Meeting up with people from St Aloysius Institutions gives us a little piece of the past back. And no matter how much things have changed and continue to do so, we’ll always remember the people we shared those golden years with. That’s the fun of going to a high school reunion: it’s seeing the people who you were close to all those years ago, and re-exploring the relationships of the past. Reunion reveals friendship potential that hasn’t yet emerged in the past. On the lighter side of the vein-“Reunion after a long separation is even better than one’s wedding night”- this SACAA Reunion 2023 with music, songs, dance and drinks in full swing the party raved till late night and the SAC alumni/ae finally reluctantly bid goodbye to each other, while specifically asking for more such reunions to be organized and draw plans to repay their Alma Mater in the best way possible.

We, Alumni of SAC, take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere. And as they say “An Aloysian is Always an Aloysian”- and that’s what we are, and will be Proud to be an Aloysian! Kudos to Sunil Kunder, the President and his SACAA team for a job well done!

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